We want you to make the most of your Kniterate. So we created a guide to make sure your workplace is safe and easy to use. Find an overview of all technical specifications of the machine here or in the manual.
- In what kind of room?
- On what kind of table?
- How do I level the machine?
- How much space do I need?
- What are the power requirements?
1 What kind of room?
A Kniterate is best placed in a dedicated workroom, workshop, or studio. When knitting, it can produce quite some noise (up to 85 Db) so we wouldn't put it next to our TVs! You can control the amount of noise made by adjusting the knitting speed, but always keep your neighbors in mind.
We'd recommend that the space you use for your Kniterate is a clean space without dust, dirt, moist and chemical gasses. Make sure no children or pets can wander into the room, especially when it's knitting. Don't leave any clutter on or around the machine and always make sure to keep the ventilation on the back of the machine free. Please take a look at the full requirements in the manual.
2 What kind of table?
Make sure that the table the machine is placed on, is structurally sound.
We recommend placing your Kniterate on an industrial workbench or table that can carry at least 500 kg / 1100 lbs and leaves at least 10 cm / 4 inches around the footprint of the machine, which is 48cm x 135 cm. If the surface of your table is 20 cm / 8 inches deeper in the back (still allowing 10 cm / 4 inches in the front) you can place yarns on the back of the table. This way you can work with multiple fine yarns and ply them, without having to place them on the floor behind the machine.
The table should not be able to sway. You can reinforce the table to reduce sway as much as possible, it is recommended to attach a board to the legs/frame on the back of the table.
Although not ideal, you can use wheels, as long as they brake very well so they aren't affected by the momentum of the carriage.
Best if the machine is on a table with a good grip, like a rubber surface, this will stop the machine from moving around the table with time. Otherwise, you may want to use the holes next to the feet of the machine to attach it to the table when the table has a slippery surface, or if you live in an earthquake zone for example. Place the machine on an even, level surface.
3 How do I level the machine?
Before placing the machine on a table, make sure the table is spotless so its feet don't land on any object.
The machine doesn't have to be precisely leveled. The main aspect to take into account is to make sure the oil flows from the gutter into the oil reservoir. An unleveled machine could have oil overflowing the gutters.
The machine has four leveling feet, similar to those on a washing machine for example. Use a wrench to screw/unscrew the nuts to change the height of the machine.
4 How much space do I need?
Place the workbench that will hold your machine at least 40 cm / 16 inches away from any objects or walls on all sides, to facilitate pulling out the carriage and to allow enough space for you or any users to comfortably reach the full needle beds in front and back of the machine.
5 What are the power requirements?
Single-phase 110V - 220V 10A
Make sure the outlet the machine is connected to is grounded.
Any excess/shortage of line voltage may have an adverse influence on the performance of the machine.